Eight staff of the Federal Medical Centre, Abeokuta have tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ogun State. The spokesman for the centre, Segun Orisajo, confirmed the news on Friday.
According to him, the affected staff consist of medical doctors, nurses, and an administration staff. Also, they were part of the team which had contact with a two and half-year-old coronavirus positive toddler. The toddler is currently receiving treatment at the Centre’s Isolation ward.
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The COVID-19 positive status of the affected staff was detected during the round of contact tracing carried out by the hospital Infection Control Team.
Orisajo further explained that none of the staff had so far showed the symptoms of coronavirus.
Furthermore, the Medical Director, Prof. Adewale Musa-Olomu said none of the staff is asymptomatic. Nevertheless, they have been asked to proceed on self-isolation and basic treatment has commenced for them.
In addition, he prayed for the quick recovery of the staff. Likewise, he expressed confidence that they will soon return to their duty post.
Corona virus, also known as Covid-19 is a global pandemic presently travailing the world. Nigeria has over 20, 000 recorded cases so far. In order to curb the spread of the virus, President Muhammadu Buhari imposed a lockdown on activities in April.
The lockdown led to the temporary shut down of many businesses. However, some persons felt the lockdown was for the general good of all. Various precautionary measures such as regular washing of hands, social distancing, and wearing of face masks has helped so far.